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Category: Hate Crimes

When an Illinois Assault Is Also a Hate Crime

Assault charges all on their own are enough to leave you facing felony-level charges, years behind bars and thousands in criminal fines. You’ll also carry around a criminal record of violent crime.

All of these consequences pale, however, in comparison to when an assault is also deemed a hate crime. In other words, if prosecutors can prove that a defendant assaulted the victim based on identity, nationality, religion, race or sexual orientation, they will no doubt have much more serious [...]

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Human Trafficking in Illinois — It Isn’t Always About Sex

Human Trafficking | Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

When many people think of human trafficking, they automatically think of sex trafficking. While it is true that sex trafficking is a big problem, human trafficking isn’t always about sex, sometimes it’s about labor.

Recently, a woman in the Chicago suburbs pled guilty to labor trafficking. She helped several people from Central America to enter the country, but once they were there, they had to stay and work in her home until the debt to get them here was paid.[...]

The Line Between Domestic Assault and Domestic Battery in IL

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery

In Illinois, when you take certain violent actions against members of your family or household, they’re classified as domestic violence crimes.

While a conviction won’t necessarily equate to a whole lot of time behind bars or payment of a whole lot in fines, you will jeopardize your home and family life as well as put a ding on your criminal record against you.

Not to mention, crimes committed against family members or household members tend to have consequences that impact [...]

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